The Aparajita project enhances the capacities of elected and potential women representatives, facilitating space for inclusion of disadvantaged women, and engaging with male community elites, political party leaders and local government representatives. The status of women in Bangladesh has significantly improved over the past years, particularly in terms of health and education, but a lot remain to be done to address existing gender inequality in political and economic spheres. At present women are highly under-represented in local government institutions and there is still a long way ahead for them to engage as citizens or potential representatives in democratic processes and political debates. This is moreover influenced by prevailing social norms and patriarchal attitudes that reinforce a political sphere that is mainly dominated by men. Through the Aparajita project, Helvetas supports an alliance of five partners organizations working in 16 Districts, 62 Sub-Districts and Unions to engage with potential and elected women representatives and male members of their families and local communities, as well as with other influential persons and local institutions that support the inclusion of women in local political life and act as a driver of change. In addition, the project works on improving the policy and legal framework and gives special attention to hindering and enabling factors at national levels that will accelerate political empowerment of women.
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The possibility for all citizens to participate in the management of public affairs is at the veryheart of democracy. At the same time full and equal participation of both women and menin political decision making provides a balance that more accurately reflects the compositionof society. It also enhances the legitimacy of political processes by making them moredemocratic and responsive to the concerns and perspectives of all segments of society. As we know in democracy the voice of all needs to be heard equally. By being empowered,rural people can take any decision for the development programme by using theirresources, knowledge and skills. Democratic value could be achieved only when women areboundless from all forms of oppression.
Local government in Bangladesh
Diakonia operates in partnership with NGOs in Bangladesh, increasing awareness and respect for human rights and gender equality, improving access to social and economic resources. The work is mostly carried out in the rural areas of the country. The country is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. The main sources of income are agriculture, the service sector and the textile industries. Bangladesh maintains steady economic growth and social development.
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